Calder Valley Community Land Trust

Oct 2017

Our October news is here. Also available: Sep newsletterMay newsletter, April newsletter, March newsletter  and our February newsletter.

Walsden development - planning application submitted

We have submitted our planning application to Calderdale council to build  six two-bedroomed bungalows for rent, specially designed for the needs of older local people, on the small uncultivated field in Birks Lane, Walsden. This land has been passed to us by the council, for use for affordable housing.

The application went in in early September 2017 and is now under review by the council. All the details are up on the council's planning website here. You can also leave a comment online if you support our application.

Here is a drawing from the architects of how the bungalows will look.

AGM minutes

Thank you if you came to our AGM on May 19th. We hope you found it a useful occasion.

Draft minutes of the meeting are now available here.

CLT receives major lottery-funded grant

Calder Valley Community Land Trust has been awarded a major grant by Big Potential, a Big Lottery Fund grant fund which supports community organisations and social enterprises to improve sustainability, capacity and scale. The grant will provide resources to the value of 88,000 to enable us to develop capacity and to attract investment for our proposed affordable homes developments in Hebden Bridge and Walsden.

Competition for support from the Big Potential scheme is intense and the decision to support the CLT is a highly significant independent endorsement of the way that the Trust has developed in the three years since it was first established.

Big Potential grants enable the recipients to access expert support from approved providers and Calder Valley CLT has chosen to work with the national charity Locality. Locality will work with the CLT to undertake detailed business planning work and to find the capital funding it will need. The CLT will also receive around 34,000 directly which we will use primarily to access administrative and management support.  Our all-volunteer board of trustees has been working pretty hard, but we are desperately in need of a little assistance!

You can access the full press release here.

 Our 2016 accounts are now out

Youll find our 2016 annual accounts are up on our website now ( Well be giving details at our AGM in May.

High Street, Hebden Bridge

Thank you if you participated in our consultation, held on March 25th 2017 in Hebden Bridge Methodist Church hall. The bulk of the session took the form of a detailed presentation from our architects Bauman Lyons. We have placed some of the material they presented here. (Bear in mind that this is still very much work-in-progress).

You can also find details of our January 2017 and February 2016 consultations and other material related to the High Street proposals on a dedicated webpage.

Sustainability approach agreed

The affordable homes we want to ensure can be built will, we hope, be lived in for a very long time indeed, so we are conscious that they need to be energy efficient and environmentally sustainable.

These were issues which a number of CLT members discussed with trustees at our AGM last September, and we have now taken all the suggestions made and turned them into what we hope is a succinct but comprehensive Sustainability Strategy which will guide all the CLTs work. As we say in the document, the guiding principles have been concern for climate change, fuel poverty, public health, flood resilience and environmental stewardship.

37,700 feasibility grant for affordable housing in Hebden Bridge

The Community Land Trust has been successful in applying for feasibility funding to enable us to progress our planning to bring affordable housing back to the old housing area of High Street.  The grant of 37,700 should enable us to progress our plans up to the planning application stage.

Calderdale's Cabinet has also formally approved the legal transfer of the land to the ownership of the Community Land Trust. Things are now moving very quickly - we have a very busy few months ahead.

Progressing our plans for Walsden

We are holding regular meetings with the Todmorden-based almshouse trust John Eastwood Homes in order to progress our proposal for a small development of six independent living bungalows in Birks Lane, Walsden. We are finalising the funding package. We hope that detailed designs can be submitted for planning consent this Summer. 

Fielden Hall

We are working with the Fielden Centre Association to put in place better flood resilience measures at the newly-renamed Fielden Hall.  The Fielden Hall is now able to take bookings for weddings and receptions.

Can you help?

We know we have a number of people with professional skills who get this newsletter. If anyone reading this is suitably qualified and prepared to do a little pro bono work, we would be very interested in talking to you about two surveys we will shortly need to undertake: one is an environmental and tree survey, the other a drainage and flooding survey. You can get in touch at